Recent Book Activity
A Crying Shame!: A Patriots View Concerning the Acceptance of the Status Quo in America
She's Come Undone
RADICAL PASSIONS: A memoir of revolution and healing
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time
A Hand to Guide Me
Amos and the Cosmos: A Rollicking Journey through America's Heart and Soul
Loving Through Heartsongs
God of the Rodeo: The Quest for Redemption in Louisiana's Angola Prison
The Pleasure of Their Company: A Memoir: Adventures in Hand-Raising Orphan Fawns
Intimate Nature: The Bond Between Women and Animals
A Cat Named Squeeky
Tell Me Where It Hurts: A Day of Humor, Healing and Hope in My Life as an Animal Surgeon
Positive Thinking Every Day: An Inspiration for Each Day of the Year
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My family was a family of readers, each enjoying the written word in our own favorite genre. A book from my youth that I remember to this day was Honestly, Katie John. When I was done with the book I felt sad... I wished that Katie John was real so that I could be friends with her. That was a very powerful book for me. I don't remember the author but I realize now that he or she was extremely talented to make that character come to life so strongly.
Back then, the school participated in a book program called the 'Scholastic Book Club.' Every month we could order books which were then conveniently delivered to the school. My mother always gave me the money for books, and I would order three to five books each time. Each month I would look forward to the Book Club sheet in eager anticipation of what adventures and knowledge it would hold for me. Yeah, I guess I was a geek, but reading was my salvation. I can only speculate at the outcome if circumstances would have been different and we didn't have the money for me to buy the books, or if my mother wouldn't have nurtured my love of reading to the extent that she did.
As the years progressed, so did my reading skills. I was always reading something and a lot of the time the books were well beyond my grade level. I remember reading Jaws when it came out in 1974. I was twelve years old and this was an adult book; I read the entire thing and even though I didn't understand some of the words I got the story line and enjoyed the book. And of course, the book was way better than the ensuing movie.
When I first discovered BookCrossing a few years ago, I was completely taken with the idea and registered my coffee house as a Crossing Zone. Even though the cafe is now closed I still BookCross. What better way to share books and have them touch the lives of others? (All books from the former cafe have been transferred to this page.)
So, fellow readers... I am glad to be part of this community and help spread the knowledge, inspiration and escape that books hold.